Reminder: Olympus announcement soon (6am london time?)

I am not certain yet about the exact announcement hour. But usually Olympus announces the new stuff at 6am in the morning (London time). Panasonic should also announce the new compact cameras very soon (no Micro Four Thirds camera form them).

As usual I will collect al interesting news and reviews in one post. If you found something I didn’t already post here drop me a line! Thanks!

The 43rumors readers product of the year is the Panasonic GH2!

3,601 43rumors readers voted the poll for the best (Micro-) Four Thirds product of the year. And the winner is the Panasonic GH2 with 1,150 votes (32%)!
That’s probably not a big surprise. The Voigtländer 25mm lens is on place two with 598 votes (17%). And on third place we have the Olympus E-5 with 530 votes (15%). As you can see the high-end products are on top of the list. The Panasonic G10 had 4 votes only….that’s why BHphoto discontinued it? :)
And the worst placed lens is the Olympus 40-150mm lens with 6 votes.

The product of the year 2009 was the Panasonic GF1.

Those are the results:

The product of the year is the...

  • Panasonic GH2 (32%, 1,150 Votes)
  • Voigtländer 25mm lens (17%, 598 Votes)
  • Olympus E-5 (15%, 530 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL1 (12%, 450 Votes)
  • Panasonic GF2 (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • Olympus 9-18mm lens (4%, 150 Votes)
  • Panasonic 14mm lens (2%, 81 Votes)
  • Panasonic G2 (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm lens (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Olympus 14-150mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Noktor 50mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Panasonic 8mm fisheye (0%, 17 Votes)
  • SLRmagic 35mm (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Olympus 75-300mm lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Olympus 40-150mm lens (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Panasonic G10 (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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Panasonic GH2 Discoveries at Luminous Landscape


Which one is better, Canon 5D mark II or vs Panasonic Lumix GH2? Mike Kobal used the new Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens. P.S.: There is a lens in Stock on eBay (Click here) and you can preorder at Adorama!

Michael Reichmann and Chris Sanderson had more time to spend o the Panasonic GH2 and are sharing all their discoveries on Luminous Landscape. They explain you a manual focusing trick and found that “When shooting in low-light situations, the rear screen and EVF are quite inaccurate in both density, noise and colour rendition.” But the part I like most is the 24p Cinemod review: “We’ve never before seen a video DSLR with this film-like image quality.”

In US: To get the GH2 check those three websites like at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto and eBay. Every day they have a few GH2 in Stock which usually do get sold out after a few minutes :(
In EU: There are plenty of stores having the GH2 in Stock: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Pixmania IT, Pixmania ES

P.S.: You can download the GH2 and GF2 catalogue here: http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/popup/catalog/systemcameras.html

Japanaese 2010 system camera sales analysis.

BCNranking posted the digital system cameras sales share of the whole 2010 (To be exact until the 12th of December)! Three Panasonic cameras  (the GF1, G2 and the G1) and two Olympus cameras (the E-Pl1 and the E-P1) are into the top 20 of the most sold cameras with interchangeable lenses. The GH2 has come been available since late October only that’s why it didn’t made it into the top 20. There is still a lot to do to catch up Canon and Nikon but as you can see the situtation is changing slowly in favour of the new mirrorless cameras. Do you have any suggetsion to make for Panaosnic and Olympus on how to close the gap between them and the Canikon dominance?

Panasonic ready to ship the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds videocamera

A few weeks ago I told you that Panasonic Europe and Panasonic US already sold out the first stock of cameras (so if you preorder now you will still have to wait a little bit of time). Today Panasonic announced that they are ready to ship the AG-AF100. Right now you can preorder the camera at BHphoto or on eBay.
Reminder: This is the link to the fist shortmovie made witht the AG-AF100: http://vimeo.com/18073096

Please click the link below to read the press release…

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(UPDATED with sample pictures) And here it is the new 26mm f/1.4 toy lens from SLRmagic!

And here it is the new native Micro Four Thirds lens from SLRmagic. The Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens is a multi coated manual prime lens. It is a special effects lens that is meant to capture impressionistic images. Dreamy, color twist, and noticeable vignette: “The lens is great for portrait photography and some say that it is great for Lo-Fi photography. We occasionally receive questions about how this lens differ from the kit lens. The simple answer is it will enable you to capture photos in every other way that the kit lens cannot. Toy Lens was designed to bring more fun to your photography.”

So it doesn’t sound like that lens has a great sharpness ;)

You can get that lens for $79 on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: SLRmagic just contacted me and sent me those pictures (Click on thumbnail to enlarge).